3 Ways to Winterize Your Home In Raleigh12/14/2016Blake Jarman Winter is coming. Is your home prepared? Here are 3 projects you can do in Raleigh to prep for the coming season so you can enjoy the great things that winter has to offer. 1. Minimize drafts Drafts in your home result in higher energy bills. And even if our Raleigh winter may be mild, fixing drafty spots can also keep your home cool during the summer. You can increase your home’s insulation and eliminate drafts by: Installing extra insulation to your home’s extremities. Consult with a professional to see if your current insulation is up to snuff. Examining your doors and windows for any gaps or leaks that you find. Installing energy-efficient window coverings such as Polywood® plantation shutters with built-in weatherstripping. Polywood shutters insulate nearly 70% more effectively than a common wood shutter and repel close to 30 degrees of airflow. Getting a home audit to find how air might be leaking out of your home and what extra steps you can take to fix it. 2. Prevent water damage Water damage can dampen your winter fun. Prior to when the temperature drops too low or a wet winter season begins, take preventative measures to keep water moving where it should, rather than finding its way to where it might damage your home. Take a look at what you can do: Clean your gutters of any leaves or debris so that water and melted snow can flow through them. Obstructed gutters can lead to dams which can harm your roof or cause water to leak inside. Make sure your pipes are toasty since frozen water pipes may rupture and result in major interior damage. Depending on your climate and home, you may want to consult a professional about insulating pipes near the exterior of your home or even wrapping them with heat tape. Remember to keep your thermostat at at least 55° on chilly nights, especially if you’re out and about. 3. Get Your Home Inspected You want to make sure your house is running in top shape when winter starts. Yearly checks of key systems in the home can make sure your home is safe and energy efficient. Heating, AC, and water heater. Your HVAC and water heater are two of the biggest energy sinks in your home. An inspection will safeguard you from malfunction. Before winter sets in is also the perfect time to have your water heater flushed out to get rid of buildup. Chimney. Inspections allow you to make use of the ambiance of your chimney worry-free. Enjoy This Winter Once your home is ready for winter, you can enjoy everything the season offers in Raleigh, from a coffee by the fireplace to gatherings with familyl. And if you’re in the mood for a stylish new look for your place this winter, contact us to discuss window coverings such as shutters, barn doors, or blinds for any part of your home. Get started by calling Sunburst Shutters Raleigh at 919-887-9198 for a complimentary in-home consultation.